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A lot of good stuff has come out of Japan recently, but they haven’t had much in the way of suits. Until now, anyway.

Our friends at A Continuous Lean tipped us off to the Japanese brand Whereabouts, currently on shelves at L.A.’s *H. Men*.

Free of the pop-art touches we’ve come to expect from the land of Mario, Whereabouts seems content with thin lapels, tasteful tailoring and impeccable fabrics. The look has served them well in Asia: they’re stocked in more than 20 boutiques and department stores in Japan, with four more locations in China and Korea. In the States, however, the label’s still under the radar.

They take a few risks to spice things up, like the exposed pocket in the gray suit on the left, but most of the tricks work so well you don’t even notice them. White shoes, anyone?

Their casual items have a West Coast flavor—including the dreaded colored-straw fedora—so it’s not surprising they’ve picked L.A. as their first western expansion. But the suits are certainly good enough by SoHo standards, if they ever decide to branch out.

Pretty please?

-R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom

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